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Do street fairs reflect Chicago’s racial divide?

Do Division

If all you knew about Chicago’s demographic and racial mix is what you saw at your local street fair, would you have an accurate picture of Chicago or a distorted one? Does Chicago’s vaunted diversity disappear at the neighborhood level? The crowds I saw at Saturday’s Do Division and Millennium Art street fests appeared to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Celebrate Millennium Park’s 10th anniversary at Park Michigan Apartments

Crown Fountain

Millennium Park is a civic treasure and Chicago’s second most-popular tourist attraction. On July 16 Chicago will celebrate the 10th anniversaryof Millennium Park’s opening, but before that date the park will come alive with music, art, recreational and fitness events. Residents of the South Loop‘s Park Michigan apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, can enjoy a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Where to find the best Halloween treats

Cable House, Chicago

Randy Fifield presides over a large enough brood of youngsters to have learned a thing or two about Halloween. Randy recently emailed suggesting that the Halloween scene on the 1400 and 1500 blocks of State and Dearborn in the Gold Coast “is out of a story book.” If you plan on going, don’t harbor any ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos draw a crowd

Square One event

Real estate brokers flocked to the South Loop yesterday evening for a sneak peek at the first major condo development in downtown Chicago in half a dozen years. CMK Realty hosted a packed event at Square One, just around the corner from the site of a 15-story, 144-unit tower slated for development at 1345 S ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

400 East Randolph hits the 50-year mark

400 East Randolph

The 400 Condominium Association, 400 East Randolph, will mark its 50th anniversary on August 11th, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm with a special event at the Atlantic Ballroom in the Radisson Blu Hotel on North Columbus Dr. The T-shaped 956-unit building opened in 1963 as the Outer Drive East Apartments, and converted to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Seat slots available for Evanston 4th of July parade

Evanston chairs

If you’re familiar with all the hoopla that surrounds the 4th of July parade in Evanston, you know that lawn chairs begin lining a more than mile-long stretch of Central Street at 6 a.m. on July 1st. A city ordinance prohibits the placement of chairs on the street parkway prior to that time. Back to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2013
North ShoreKenilworth

Memorial Day 2013

Geneva IL

In this 2007 video Kenilworth’s T. Tolbert Chisum, accompanied by the strains of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, solemnly intones the name and address of each Kenilworth resident who died to secure our liberty. As he does so, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plant a flag memorializing each fallen hero. Douglas Macarthur reminds us ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scenes from K2′s Designer Showcase party

K2 party scene

The first of three evening events showcasing seven furnished model apartments took place last night at K2, the new luxury apartment high-rise in the Fulton River District. The event drew a crowd that numbered in the hundreds. There was great weather, good food, refreshments, music from KISS FM, luxury cars from Perillo and an opportunity ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Get red carpet treatment at K2 Designer Showcase parties

K2 designer showcase invite

K2, a new 496-unit luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District, Chicago-based Fifield Companies and Wood Partners, one of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, will host a first-of-its kind K2 Designer Showcase May 1 – 3 to celebrate the grand opening of K2. The K2 Designer Showcase, which is open to the public, will ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 Apartments hosts Designer Showcase event May 1 – 3

K2 apartments

To celebrate the grand opening of K2, a new 496-unit luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District, Chicago-based Fifield Companies and one of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, Wood Partners, will host a first-of-its kind K2 Designer Showcase May 1 – 3. Open to the public, the K2 Designer Showcase will feature seven models ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 23, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Holiday cheer at South Loop’s Astoria Tower

Astoria Tower Chicago

Astoria Tower, a full-amenity new high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop, hosts a series of events for its residents throughout the year. They’re a great way for residents to get to know each other and the staff in a relaxed setting – and sample some great food while doing so. Join us at Astoria Tower’s annual ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 20, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Good Ol’ Santa visits Koenig & Strey’s Winnetka office

Koenig & Strey Winnetka

Koenig & Strey‘s Winnetka office ran an immensely successful Toys for Tots drive this holiday season. Donors, many of them daily repeaters, and almost all of them anonymous, gave gifts that would be welcomed in the most affluent households in the community. On Sunday, December 17, Koenig & Strey agents gathered at the office to ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 20, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Community open house for Lathrop Homes plans

Lathrop Homes, Chicago

Plans continue to move forward for the redevelopment of the 920-unit Lathrop Homes, a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) project that has been largely vacant for several years. Diversey Pkwy neatly bisects the 37-acre Costco-adjacent development site, which lies at the far northwest corner of Lincoln Park and the southwest corner of North Center and is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2012

A Kardas Photography display at Wishbone in Lake View

Photographer Michael Kardas

We began showcasing the visual artistry of Michael Kardas in our print publications, twenty-five years ago. Ever since, I’ve leapt at every opportunity to see his work, which spans a wide array of subjects. Despite the scope of Kardas’ subject-matter range, all of his photographs are recognizable by the rigor of their composition and their ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Beer, bands and food trucks at Holstein Park this Saturday

Holstein Park Chicago

Holstein Park isn’t one of Chicago’s largest parks. At a mere 3 acres, it wouldn’t meet the minimum lot size requirement in many a Chicago subdivision. Holstein Park packs a lot of recreation into its small size, hosting a field house with two gyms, an assembly hall, club rooms, a swimming pool and a wading ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 28, 2012
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Tour nine modern homes in Chicago and suburbs this Saturday

Rodkin video

The modern home tour showcases the interiors and exteriors of seven Chicago homes and one each in Inverness and Hinsdale. The homes will be open this Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. A promotional code available at Modern Chicago ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Dedicating the Fifield Family Bridge at Children’s Hospital

Fifield video

The new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital building is just two days away from its long-awaited opening. The philanthropic generosity and time commitment of many Chicagoans made the hospital a reality, with individuals from the real estate community playing key roles. The 23-story state-of-the-art facility will help the hospital continue to attract top ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 8, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Quote of the day: Pilsen’s Bohemian builders and Mexican preservationists

Pilsen streetscape, Chicago

The Pilsen Historic District is bounded roughly on the east and west by Halsted St (800 W) and Western Ave (2400 W), on the south by Cermak Rd (2200 S) and on the north by the railroad embankment just north of 16th St. It’s a large area, and if you were to traverse all of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2012

Cicero’s latest Gang problem

Jeanne Gang

Cicero hasn’t always had a source of pride readily at hand, so when the town recently went 14 months without a street-gang related killing, Larry Dominick, the Town President, engaged in a bit of chest thumping. “I am very proud to announce that we did not have one street gang-related killing in 2011 and not ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 15, 2012
North ShoreHighland Park

CPAH needs 25 Robin Hoods in Sherwood Forest

1342 Sherwood Highland Park

You can play a part in doing something about Chicago’s growing shortage of affordable housing, and play Robin Hood to a family earning less than 80% of Chicagoland’s median income. Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is a land trust, initiated by the City of Highland Park, that helps provide quality housing to low- and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 18, 2011